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Be Safe Online Over While You are Away

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While we may be taking a break from the classroom and the office over the next few weeks, the bad guys are hard at work.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe online:

  1. Be wary of emails with a sense of urgency requesting you take immediate action before returning to campus. Contact the sending department by phone or the OIT HelpDesk for verification.
  2. Connect to Eduroam for secure wireless access at many worldwide institutions. 
    Learn more about Eduroam.
  3. Don’t access your accounts or information via public WiFi that you wouldn’t want an eavesdropper to know — including logging into accounts with passwords. Use public WiFi for topics of conversation you would happily discuss in public.
  4. Connect to UT’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access UT resources securely, such as your pay statement or MyUTK.
    Learn more about VPN.
  5. Don’t let your device connect to public WiFi spots automatically.
  6. Check with the establishment you’re visiting to ensure the network you log onto is theirs and not one a snoop has set up to trick you.

Additional Resources

OIT’s Information Security webpage, OIT Tips for Protecting Your UT Accounts.